Write Short Stories to Acclimatize Yourself to Making Stuff Up.
Did you know that Lawrence Block (long one of my writing heroes) got his start by writing erotica, specifically, lesbian romances? As did Donald Westlake, who immortalized his pulp smut career in Adios, Scheherazade, one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.
I mention this because new fiction writers tend to think that if they write smut, they’re not “real” writers, or that they will always be forced to write smut. Not so. Smut helps you to pay your bills while you’re learning to write fiction. Why not earn while you learn? (No one needs to know you’re writing smut, unless you choose to tell them.)